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Bloomington City Council members support lifting the city's moratorium on video gambling licenses and want to start the discussion about how it will handle legalized marijuana, though members disagree about how best to gather input.

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The Bloomington Liquor Commission approved three new liquor licenses Tuesday, including a tavern license for a restaurant going into the former Hooters location on Hershey Road.

Sunnyside Park
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Fifteen months after first coming before the Bloomington City Council, the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal may finally be getting its new land on the city’s west side.

Joni Painter and Tari Renner
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Bloomington City Council members on Monday rejected two of Mayor Tari Renner’s appointments to the city’s transportation commission, amid claims the city should try harder to place applicants on the boards they requested to serve.

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The City of Bloomington updated its online municipal code to be more accessible to residents.

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Bloomington city staff expects a vote on a proposed highway name change to be a formality, even though it sparked debate in Normal last month.

State Farm listening session
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Bloomington residents remain divided over what role the city should play in trying to save State Farm's downtown former headquarters that the company plans to demolish.

That's according to feedback Bloomington City Council member Jenn Carrillo said she has received during two listening sessions and community surveys over the last week.

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Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason said he's proud of the work he and the city council has accomplished in his first year on the job.

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A candidate for Bloomington’s police chief position says he was treated unfairly when the city mishandled his application. The city says the accident did not place him at any disadvantage.

Vacant Bloomington business storefront
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A group of Bloomington residents is applauding the city council for listening to concerns about allowing liquor sales in their west Bloomington neighborhood.

Grossinger Motors Arena at night
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Operating losses at the city-owned Grossinger Motors Arena were not as bad as expected for the fiscal year that ended on April 30.

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Bloomington is still mulling over what to do with the city’s year-and-a-half long moratorium on new video gambling licenses. City council members agree they want video gambling to be limited in some way.

Chiko Russo speaking at Bloomington City Council
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Bloomington City Council members want more clearly defined conditions and enforcement measures before deciding whether to approve a liquor license that would enable a convenience store to reopen under new ownership on the city’s southwest side.

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A Bloomington convenience store wanting to reopen under new ownership will have to limit its hours and make other accommodations to get a liquor license.

Kim Bray at a meeting
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With the City of Bloomington’s budget situation much improved, City Council member Kim Bray says it could be time to move ahead with improvements at Bloomington Public Library.

Connect Transit bus
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The Bloomington City Council has passed a wait-and-see resolution concerning Connect Transit and the recent public campaign to undo a route cut and fare increases.

Bloomington City Hall
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Bloomington could soon be tipping its hand in how much its willing to help Connect Transit's on-demand service for elderly riders and those with disabilities.

Connect Transit bus in Uptown
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UPDATED 7 a.m. | The Bloomington City Council doesn’t like Connect Transit’s planned fare increases, Olive route elimination, and board makeup. But it won’t reject the transit system’s budget as a way to force change.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner and City Councilmember Jenn Carillo.
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An online dustup that later spilled over into the Bloomington City Council chambers was a learning experience for everyone, according to a downtown business owner who took exception to a council member's threatened business boycott.

Renner and Carrillo at the meeting
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Bloomington City Council member Jenn Carrillo will meet privately with a group of Downtown Bloomington business owners Tuesday to discuss comments she made online about an incoming business.

Connect Transit bus in Uptown
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A Bloomington City Council member said Monday he wants to reject Connect Transit’s budget in hopes of saving the Olive route and avoiding fare increases—a move that the transit system’s general manager says could add to the financial pressures that prompted those moves in the first place.

Tari Renner gestures
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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Wednesday that his comment about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas not behaving “like someone who is African-American” was a poor choice of words.

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Bloomington City Council members voted Tuesday to postpone any board and commission appointments until after they can have a public discussion about how those appointments are made.

Mennonite Hospital Redevelopment Area
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The City of Bloomington and Illinois Wesleyan University are ramping up marketing efforts to find a buyer for the former Mennonite Hospital and Electrolux site.

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Citizens to Ensure Fair Transit asked Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner to appoint a Connect Mobility rider and a fixed route-reliant rider to the Connect Transit board.

Bloomington Police Department entrance
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The City of Bloomington wants to settle a lawsuit alleging misconduct by four of its police officers.

Bloomington City Council chambers
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One of the first orders of business for the newly sworn in Bloomington City Council members will be to decide how they wish to be identified.

Bloomington City Council
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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner marked the occasion as a time for "new beginnings" as the city swore in four new aldermen Wednesday.

Kim Bray and Tim Gleason
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The Bloomington City Council unanimously approved a contract with AFSCME Local 699 effectively ending the city’s sick-leave buyback program for employees.

Bloomington City Hall
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Bloomington city officials are looking to take additional steps to limit pension spiking, by further curtailing the city’s sick-leave buyback program.

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